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Welcome back to Season Two of It Ain’t Over: A middle-aged mom’s attempt to make it to the CrossFit Games!

We ended Season One in 72nd place – exactly 52 slots away from Carson City. That’s a few slots less than my age, 55. This year I’m changing things up. My training partner, Lynn – a 45-year-old badass firefighter/physical therapist/single-mom – moved back to Australia, her homeland, leaving me wondering what the hell I was going to do to train for the games.Lynn&I

So, this year I decided to put together a team of experts to help me train. I have a coach and a chiropractor. I’m also seeing a PT and a massage therapist.

First, let me introduce you to my coach: Zach Caswell. Zach is my Olympic lifting coach. Why am I focusing on Oly lifting? Oly lifting is exclusively about the snatch and clean and jerk but if you can do these two lifts well, your overhead squats and thrusters will rock and you will vastly improve your balance and strength.

Zach is a former professional rugby player, which explains his total indifference to inflicting pain. He also played college football. He’s this huge bearded mass of muscle and I’m easily old enough to be his mother. But he didn’t laugh when I asked him to train me’ Turns out he’s one of those teddy bear kind of guys. He actually feeds his cats ice cream with a spoon.

MeZachEvery Sunday morning Zach holds an Oly lifting class at CrossFit CityPlace. I attend religiously. It’s like church but with cussing and sweating. After a few classes I concluded that Zach knows his shit and he’s passionate about making athletes who can lift efficiently. In my world, it’s all about efficiency. I may not get a lot stronger at this age but efficient movement will allow me to perform longer and avoid injury. So, Zach’s my man. (more…)


Remember how, back in the last millennium, after a really tough workout you would be sore the next day but the NEXT day, your muscles would be fresh, strong and ready to workout?

How come I’m more sore the second and third day after a tough workout than the first? And at what age will I be most sore the fourth day after a tough workout? Or fifth day? That’s going to really suck.

Tigger and me after the 1996 Walt Disney World Marathon. (Tigger didn't run)

Tigger and me after the 1996 Walt Disney World Marathon. (Tigger didn’t run)

I gotta say that 16:03 two-mile run in the blazing sun on Saturday shredded my quads and I’m still sore. I ran a few marathons and it used to take just four or five days to be able to step off a curb again. Nowadays, two miles and I’m reaching for the Advil.

I said a little prayer on Sunday when no one showed up for the spin class I teach. I couldn’t have ridden a tricycle, much less teach an hour-long spin class. I wore the compression tights the rest of Sunday and slept in them Sunday night – and Monday night.

But now it’s Tuesday and I am still sore. Hey, I drank my Progenex right after the run. I took my supplement with leucine – lots of leucine. I stretched and stretched. I got a lot of sleep. Why am I still in so much pain? It was just two frickin’ miles!

Maybe they make vice-grip compression tights…

So my buddy Pete – the youngest (48) member of CFCP’s Masters of the Universe Team – emailed me an article that posed the most important question for Crossfitters of a certain age:

How sustainable is Crossfit?

Three experts gave the same answer: Yes, Crossfit is sustainable. All three experts also followed their answer with “but…” and then went on to offer a litany of caveats that stand DarrenTwissell_Old man ring_th in the way of sustainability. Rest is the #1 recommendation of all three experts. Technique, mobility, diet, cross-training, massage, chiropractic adjustments also figured prominently in the sustainability quotient.

I am obsessed with the question of Crossfit sustainability. At age 54 – with two years of Crossfit under my belt -I have decided that when I can no longer do Crossfit I will officially be old or dead. People ask me why I don’t play golf, which is what a lot of 54-year-old women do in Palm Beach County – where we have more golf courses per capita than heaven.

I tell people, when I can no longer do Crossfit, I will golf. Of course, I will carry my own bag. None of that driving a little cart right up to the ball, stepping out of the cart, taking a swing or three and then getting back in the cart and driving right up to the ball and taking a few more swings. Is that exercise? What is that?

I have been doing high-intensity exercise for 47 of my 54 years. I started with competitive swimming. I was 7-years-old when my first coach, Mr. Siebold, asked me what stroke I wanted to learn first, I shot back: “Which one is the hardest?”

“Butterfly,” coach said.

“I want to do that one,” I said.


Ha! Made ya click!

Who wouldn’t read a blog with that headline? But seriously, this is a problem all of us will experience: Ripped hands.

You’re going to be doing pull-ups someday and your hands will feel a little uncomfortable. Kinda hot and stingy. You look at them and notice some of the skin is kind of bunched up where your fingers meet your palm.

Preparation H

Preparation H (Photo credit: MarkjwuMaurader)

But it doesn’t hurt too much so you keep going and BAM! You just ripped the skin off your hand.

At first there will be sympathy: “Oh, man. That sucks.” “Wow, that had to hurt.” “Bummer.” “Ouch” “Are you okay?” Then you will hear stories of how others ripped the skin off their hands. It’s kind of a rite of passage or hazing for Crossfitters.

Finally, you will hear a litany of weird remedies: Diaper cream. Chapstick. Neosporin. BandAids. No BandAids. Tea bags. Udder cream. And on and on.

One thing you DO NOT want to do, unless you’re into intense pain, is put liquid BandAid on a ripped hand. On the 1-10 pain scale, it’s easily a 15. Right up there with childbirth, although it doesn’t last as long.

My solution: Preparation H. I kid you not. Of all the remedies I have tried, Preparation H works the best for pain relief and healing ripped hands. Don’t use the Preparation H cream. Use the ointment. Trim the remnant skin around the wound and then slather on Preparation H. Cover with a bandage.